What does the Quran say about the life of this world ?

To understand this theme fully one should keep the following verses of the Quran in mind: Surah Aal-Imran, Ayats 14-15; Surah Younus, Ayats 24-25; Surah Ibrahim, Ayat 18; Surah Al-Kahf, Ayats 45-46; Surah An-Noor, Ayat 39. In all these verses the truth that has been impressed on the mind is: The life of this world is a temporary life: its spring as well as its autumn is temporary. There is much here to allure man. But this, in fact, consists of base and insignificant things which man because of his shallowness of mind regards as great and splendid and is deluded into thinking that in attaining them lies supreme success. The truth however is that the highest benefits and means of pleasure and enjoyment that one can possibly attain in the world, are indeed short and insignificant and confined to a few years of temporary life and can be destroyed by just one turn of fate. Contrary to this, the life in Hereafter is a splendid and eternal life. Its benefits are great and permanent and its losses too are great and permanent. The one who attains Allah’s forgiveness and His goodwill there, will indeed have attained the everlasting bliss beside which the entire wealth of the world and its kingdom become pale and insignificant. And the one who is seized in God’s torment there, will come to know that he had made a bad bargain even if he had attained all that he regarded as great and splendid in the world.

In the present passage the idea is further amplified. In this life people not only play and amuse themselves and each other, but they show off, and boast, and pile up riches and man-power and influence, in rivalry with each other.

अल-हदीद (Al-Hadid):20 – जान लो, सांसारिक जीवन तो बस एक खेल और तमाशा है और एक साज-सज्जा, और तुम्हारा आपस में एक-दूसरे पर बड़ाई जताना, और धन और सन्तान में परस्पर एक-दूसरे से बढ़ा हुआ प्रदर्शित करना। वर्षा का मिसाल की तरह जिसकी वनस्पति ने किसान का दिल मोह लिया। फिर वह पक जाती है; फिर तुम उसे देखते हो कि वह पीली हो गई। फिर वह चूर्ण-विचूर्ण होकर रह जाती है, जबकि आख़िरत में कठोर यातना भी है और अल्लाह की क्षमा और प्रसन्नता भी। सांसारिक जीवन तो केवल धोखे की सुख-सामग्री है

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